Department of Interior Design
Master of Interior Design

Master of Interior Design Program

General Description of the MID Program

The Master of Interior Design (MID) educates students to become professionals in practice, to engage in research, and to develop a specialization in the design of the built environment. In addition to coursework, the main requirement for the MID degree is a written research thesis.

Objectives of Study within the MID Program

  • Provide students with design and problem solving skills to achieve excellence in the design of interiors
  • Enable students to propose and conduct research that adds to the body of knowledge in the field building on previous research findings

These options allow us to meet the needs of different types of students and help prepare:

  • MID graduate students without undergraduate degrees from a CIDA-accredited interior design program to practice in interior design and architecture firms
  • MID students with interior design degrees to achieve advanced study in areas of specialization found in contract public interior design firms
  • MID graduates the opportunity to pursue entry level teaching positions within Interior Design programs
  • MID graduate students to enter Ph.D. Programs for advanced research specialization(s) in Interior Design or related design disciplines
  • Offer MID students the opportunity to disseminate knowledge through publications, conferences, teaching, and collaboration with various professionals in related fields
    Program Requirements of the MID Degree

The Master of Interior Design Program is open to students with prior educational experience from any field. One of four curricular tracks is recommended for incoming students based on their particular experience and previous education.

There are four courses of study or options:

CIDA/Architectural Framework curriculum track
Curriculum Diagram

  • For students who graduated from first professional degree program within an architectural framework and accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA)
  • 36 graduate credit hours
  • (link to corresponding Curriculum Diagram)
  • Expect 1 ½ – 2 years to complete the MID

Interior Design/Architecture curriculum track
Curriculum Diagram

  • For students graduated from other design-related (architecture or interior design) baccalaureate degree program
  • 59 graduate credit hours
  • (link to corresponding Curriculum Diagram)
  • Expect 2 – 3 years to complete the MID

Non-Design curriculum track
Curriculum Diagram

  • For students with a bachelor’s degree in a field other than design
  • 86 credit hours (27 undergraduate and 59 graduate)
  • (link to corresponding Curriculum Diagram)
  • Expect 3 – 4 years to complete the leveling courses and the MID

UF 2+1 curriculum track
Curriculum Diagram

  • For students enrolled in the Bachelor of Interior Design program at the University of Florida
  • 12 hours of graduate level coursework in the senior year can be counted for both the undergraduate and the MID degrees. An additional 24 graduate credit hours are required
  • (link to corresponding Curriculum Diagram)
  • Expect at least one year after completing the Bachelor of Design degree to complete the MID

Each student entering the MID program works with the graduate coordinator to evaluate his or her unique background and to determine the specific courses needed to strengthen the student’s educational foundation and interests. After assessment of previous coursework and design work, leveling courses may be required to prepare the student for graduate studies. Taking leveling courses equalizes the master degree student’s academic opportunities in the interior design. In the case of students with a bachelor’s degree in a field other than design, the added course work will be composed of lower and upper division classes that students usually complete in two to four semesters of full-time study. The estimated credit hours and length of study time will vary according to each student’s individual baccalaureate degree and experience.

After any required leveling courses are complete and with approval by the graduate coordinator and supervisory committee chair, a student completes 24 hours of departmentally approved graduate work in the Department of Interior Design as well as 3 hours of coursework in graduate statistics and 9 hours of multi-disciplinary graduate electives that reinforce and extend the research. At the core of the MID curriculum are courses in Interior Design research methods and individual master’s thesis research.

By the end of their first year in the program—or second year for students with a bachelor’s degree in a field other than design—each student must select a two-member supervisory committee to guide their course choices as well as thesis selection, study, and production. The program concludes with the successful completion, public defense, and publication of the student’s master’s thesis work.

Research theses are comprehensive documents covering context, literature review, research methods, findings, and study conclusions on a topic of relevance to the Interior Design discipline. Past research theses created by MID students can be viewed from the George A. Smathers Libraries electronic theses and dissertations database.

Descriptions of MID Courses

The descriptions of courses comprise the departmental offerings and are documented in the Graduate Catalog. There are numerous opportunities for additional courses open to graduate students in the College of Design, Construction, and Planning, some of which may be subject to pre-requisites. Please review the Graduate Catalog for course listings in Landscape Architecture, Urban and Regional Planning, Building Construction, Historic Preservation, and Architecture.

Related Items and Links

MID Handbook
Office of Research, Technology and Graduate Education
Office of Minority Programs
International Graduate Students
Students With Disabilities
Graduate Catalog